Update – we’re 10,500 signatures ahead

Here is an update on three e-petitions about grouse shooting:

Gavin Gamble’s e-petition in favour of banning driven grouse shooting – 23,700+ signatures

Jane Griggs’s e-petition supporting grouse shooting – 13,200+ signatures

Ed Hutchings’s e-petition in favour of licensing grouse shooting – 1500+ signatures

Gavin Gamble’s e-petition had a good Christmas thanks to social media support from Chris Packham and Natalie Bennett.  Thank you! to both of them.


Here are the leading constituencies supporting a ban of driven grouse shooting so far – many of them are old friends (all with 50+ signatures). Last week there were 74 of them, now there are 122 :

  1. Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Drew Hendry MP, 125 signatures
  2. Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron MP, 113 signatures
  3. Sheffield Hallam, Jared O’Mara, 110 signatures
  4. Calder Valley, Craig Whittaker, 108 signatures
  5. Skipton and Ripon, Julian Smith MP, 103 signatures
  6. Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Ian Blackford MP, 103 signatures
  7. Isle of Wight, Bob Seeley MP, 103 signatures
  8. High Peak, Ruth George MP, 103 signatures
  9. Suffolk Coastal, Therese Coffey MP, 100 signatures
  10. Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake MP, 98 signatures
  11. Sheffield Central, Paul Blomfield MP, 96 signatures
  12. North Norfolk, Norman Lamb MP, 96 signatures
  13. Stroud, David Drew MP, 96 signatures
  14. Penrith and The Border, Rory Stewart MP, 91 signatures
  15. Derbyshire Dales, Patrick McCloughlin MP, 88 signatures
  16. Argyll and Bute, Brendan O’Hara MP, 88 signatures
  17. South Norfolk, Richard Bacon MP, 87 signatures
  18. Dumfries and Galloway, Alister Jack MP, 85 signatures
  19. Wells, James Heappey MP, 82 signatures
  20. Central Devon, Mel Stride MP, 81 signatures
  21. Richmond (Yorks), Rishi Sunak MP, 79 signatures
  22. Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones MP, 78 signatures
  23. Ludlow, Philip Dunne MP, 78 signatures
  24. Norwich South, Clive Lewis MP, 78 signatures
  25. Waveney, Peter Aldous MP, 76 signatures
  26. South West Surrey, Jeremy Hunt MP, 76 signatures
  27. Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner MP, 76 signatures
  28. Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas MP, 75 signatures
  29. South Cambridgeshire, Heidi Allen MP, 75 signatures
  30. Ochil and South Perthshire, Luke Graham MP, 75 signatures
  31. Bristol West, Thangam Debbonaire MP, 74 signatures
  32. East Lothian, Martin Whitfield MP, 73 signatures
  33. Somerton and Frome, David Warburton MP, 73 signatures
  34. Ceredigion, Ben Lake MP, 72 signatures
  35. Perth and North Perthshire, Peter Wishart MP, 70 signatures
  36. Rutland and Melton, Alan Duncan MP, 70 signatures
  37. Bridgwater and West Somerset, Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, 70 signatures
  38. Taunton Deane, Rebecca Pow MP, 69 signatures
  39. St Ives, Derek Thomas MP, 68 signatures
  40. Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart MP, 67 signatures
  41. Mid-Norfolk, George Freeman MP, 67 signatures
  42. Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, David Mundell MP, 67 signatures
  43. Colne Valley, Thelma Walker MP, 66 signatures
  44. Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill MP, 66 signatures
  45. Stirling, Stephen Kerr MP, 66 signatures
  46. North Wiltshire, James Gray MP, 66 signatures
  47. Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish MP, 66 signatures
  48. Ribble Valley, Nigel Evans MP, 66 signatures
  49. Lancaster and Fleetwood, Cat Smith MP, 65 signatures
  50. West Dorset, Oliver Letwin MP, 65 signatures
  51. Broadland, Keiith Simpson MP, 64 signatures
  52. Sheffield Heeley, Louise Haigh MP, 64 signatures
  53. Arundel and South Downs, Nick Herbert MP, 63 signatures
  54. North West Norfolk, Henry Bellingham MP, 63 signatures
  55. Edinburgh South, Ian Murray MP, 63 signatures
  56. York Central, Rachael Maskell MP, 63 signatures
  57. Ipswich, Sandy Martin MP, 63 signatures
  58. Exeter, Ben Bradshaw MP, 62 signatures
  59. Shipley, Philip Davies MP, 62 signatures
  60. Hexham, Guy Opperman MP, 61 signatures
  61. East Yorkshire, Greg Knight MP, 61 signatures
  62. Torridge and West Devon, Geoffrey Cox MP, 60 signatures
  63. Berwick-upon-Tweed, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, 60 signatures
  64. Yeovil, Marcus Fysh MP, 60 signatures
  65. Moray, Douglas Ross MP, 60 signatures
  66. Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dan Poulter MP, 60 signatures
  67. Witney, Robert Courts MP, 59 signatures
  68. South East Cambridgeshire, Lucy Frazer MP, 59 signatures
  69. South West Norfolk, Liz Truss MP, 59 signatures
  70. Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran MP, 59 signatures
  71. Penistone and Stocksbridge, Angela Smith MP, 59 signatures
  72. Keighley, John Grogan MP, 59 signatures
  73. Edinburgh North and Leith, Deidre Brock MP, 59 signatures
  74. North East Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt MP, 59 signatures
  75. Bury St Edmunds, Jo Churchill MP, 58 signatures
  76. South West Wiltshire, Andrew Murrison MP, 58 signatures
  77. York Outer, Julian Sturdy MP, 58 signatures
  78. Banbury, Victoria Prentis MP, 58 signatures
  79. Mid Sussex, Nicholas Soames MP, 57 signatures
  80. Wealden, Nusrat Ghani MP, 57 signatures
  81. North Somerset, Liam Fox MP, 57 signatures
  82. West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Andrew Bowie MP, 57 signatures
  83. East Devon, Hugo Swire MP, 56 signatures
  84. North West Cambridgeshire, Shailesh Vara MP, 56 signatures
  85. Monmouth, David Davies MP, 56 signatures
  86. Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, John Lamont MP, 56 signatures
  87. Truro and Falmouth, Sarah Newton MP, 56 signatures
  88. Chippenham, Michelle Donellan MP, 56 signatures
  89. North East Fife, Stephen Gethins MP, 56 signatures
  90. Edinburgh East, Tommy Sheppard MP, 56 signatures
  91. Twickenham, Vince Cable MP, 56 signatures
  92. Macclesfield, David Rutley MP, 56 signatures
  93. Shrewsbury and Atcham, Daniel Kaczynski MP, 55 signatures
  94. West Worcestershire, Harriett Baldwin MP, 55 signatures
  95. Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith MP, 55 signatures
  96. Bromsgrove, Sajid Javid MP, 55 signatures
  97. Preseli Pembrokeshire, Stephen Crabb MP, 54 signatures
  98. Sleaford and North Hykeham, Caroline Johnson MP, 54 signatures
  99. North West Hampshire, Kit Malthouse MP, 54 signatures
  100. Lewes, Maria Caulfield MP, 54 signatures
  101. Stratford-on-Avon, Nadhim Zahawi MP, 53 signatures
  102. North Devon, Peter Heaton-Jones MP, 53 signatures
  103. North Dorset, Simon Hoare MP, 53 signatures
  104. Hove, Peter Kyle MP, 53 signatures
  105. Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael MP, 53 signatures
  106. New Forest East, Julian Lewis MP, 53 signatures
  107. Salisbury, John Glen MP, 53 signatures
  108. Glasgow North, Patrick Grady MP, 52 signatures
  109. North Shropshire, Owen Paterson MP, 52 signatures
  110. Newton Abbott, Ann Marie Morris MP, 52 signatures
  111. Montgomeryshire, Glyn Davies MP, 51 signatures
  112. Totnes, Sarah Wollaston MP, 51 signatures
  113. The Cotswolds, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, 51 signatures
  114. East Hampshire, Damian Hinds MP, 51 signatures
  115. Daventry, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, 51 signatures
  116. Leeds North West, Alex Sobel MP, 51 signatures
  117. Newbury, Richard Benyon MP, 50 signatures
  118. Hastings and Rye, Amber Rudd MP, 50 signatures
  119. Leigh, Jo Platt MP, 50 signatures
  120. Cardiff North, Anna McMorrin MP, 50 signatures
  121. Hornsey and Wood Green, Catherine Weston MP, 50 signatures
  122. Eastleigh, Mims Davies MP, 50 signatures

It’s interesting to see the top 10 constituencies supporting the Griggs petition in favour of grouse shooting:

  1. Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands MP, 383 signatures
  2. The Cotswolds, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, 245 signatures
  3. Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake MP, 241
  4. Kensington, Emma Dent Coad MP, 238 signatures
  5. Battersea, Marsha de Cordova, 235 signatures
  6. Richmond (Yorks), Rishi Sunak MP, 235 signatures
  7. Cities of London and Westminster, Mark Field MP, 203 signatures
  8. Northwest Hampshire, Kit Malhouse MP, 172 signatures
  9. Skipton and Ripon, Julian Smith MP, 169 signatures
  10. Devizes, Claire Perry MP, 159 signatures

5 Replies to “Update – we’re 10,500 signatures ahead”

    1. It’s interesting that some areas that have higher ‘in favour of’ as opposed to ‘ban’ DGS are ‘shooting’ areas, but nothing to do with grouse moors (Stratford on Avon is another). Are they really quite happy with the criminal element and environmental desecration associated with this activity, still seeing the petition as a ban of all shooting? Blinkered? Not so blind as they who will not see?

    2. I think the point that you are failing to grasp James is that it is the shooting community that tries to dismiss its critics as ‘townies’ and ‘not real country people’ who consequently don’t know what they are talking about. The distributions of signatures for Gavin’s petition and for the previous petitions calling for bans or other constraints on shooting clearly show that this is not the case with many rural areas producing large numbers of signatures and heavily urbanised areas not featuring particularly strongly. Support for the petition is also widespread across the whole country. Jane Grigg’s petition in contrast scores highly in just a few hot spots, several of which are grouse shooting areas and the most striking of which is that well know countryside area known as central London.

      What the two maps show is that people who are disturbed by the criminality associated with grouse shooting come from all across the country and in no sense can be characterised as being predominantly urban whilst Grigg’s is supported from a few hot-spots. This clearly undermines pro grouse shooters’ suggestion that opposition to their ‘sport’ is confined to townies. The fact that you can find a rural area that has produced more signatures for Grigg’s petition does not alter these facts in the slightest. I would suggest that the most reasonable interpretation of the distribution of the signatures for Grigg’s petition is that the constituencies where it seems to be doing well tend to be in well-heeled areas where one might expect to find a high proportion of the grouse-shooting community residing.

  1. Much depends on whether the RSPB puts its full weight behind the licensing petition. The Griggs petition needs to be trounced to strengthen the case for change.

  2. Well, maybe I’m unjustly joining dots but a few days easing of the siege – no private security guards on the street assaulting (i think I’m supposed to prefix ‘allegedly’ here until the legal system has done it’s work) citizens at the behest of Amey Plc since 20th December I think- and what do you know; Sheffield Central is back in contention, bravo! Mind, the tree war will be resuming come January and we might, unfortunately, get distracted again for a while. Soz about that but we are rather living on the front line these days. Should readers wish for a digression that is apt to prove both shocking and entertaining in equal measure then Sheffield Tree Action Groups is no bad place to start;

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